I attended all three home games in Anaheim this weekend. I was hoping to see Francisco Rodriguez establish a new record for saves but unfortunately there were no save situations. Frankie was brought in on Saturday night in what may be his final regular season appearance as an Angel. Frankie ended the season with 62 saves. His last save was recorded on September 24th in Seattle.
Sunday the team won their 100th game of the season, surpassing the 2002 Angels record of 99 wins. It’s quite amazing to think that the 2002 Angels were the Wild Card in the American League and the 2008 Angels have one more victory and have the best record in the major leagues.
Tomorrow the Angels will host Rally Monday. Current and former players will be in attendance including Tim Salmon and Torii Hunter. Smashmouth will be performing. I will be in attendance as well.
Surprisingly the Angels playoff games this week start a bit later than I expected. The first game is at 7pm on Wednesday and game two of the ALDS is at 6:30pm on Friday. I will be participating in the on the field flag presentation during the National Anthem during game one. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the flag presentation for two opening days, September 11th, and this will be my second time during the playoffs.
The good was a two-run shot from Mark Teixeira in the top of the ninth inning tonight.
The bad was a throw from Gary Matthews Jr. in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The ugly was a throw from Francisco Rodriguez to first base that ended up costing the Angels the game.
The Halos better get back to their winning ways. The Rays are within striking distance of the best record in the A.L.
What an exciting homestand it was in Anaheim this past week. I was at all of these games except the day game on Wednesday. If they would have had the chance to clinch with the win only (not have to wait for Rangers to lose later) then I would have made an effort to be there.
- Monday – The Halos clobbered the Yankees and there was a benchclearing brawl.
- Wednesday – The Angels beat the Yanks and then waited until the Rangers lost and celebrated their clinch of the AL West Division. The earliest it’s been done in the West.
- Thursday – I was able to hold the flag on the field for the National Anthem and caught a ball during BP that Ichiro hit. A nice souvenir from the game in which Francisco Rodriguez tied the major league saves record.
- Friday – Mike Napoli hits a two-run walkoff shot in the bottom of the ninth.
- Saturday – Francisco Rodriguez breaks the all-time single season saves record.
- Sunday – Chone Figgins hits a walkoff hit to score Sean Rodriguez.